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Use Bluebeam to Link PDF Markups to Important Information

December 21, 2010

One of my favorite features in Revu is Action Markups. With the release of version 8 earlier this year, any markup can be assigned an action (Jump to Page, Jump to Snapshot View, Hyperlink to a Website or Open a File). It’s a great feature for linking markups to relevant information such as details on a drawing, a section of a building code to explain a violation, photos of products or product data sheets – the list goes on and on.  Below is a quick how-to on this great feature.

Start by making a markup, right-clicking on it and selecting “Edit Action.”

Next, choose what type of action you want this markup to perform. In this example, we’re going to jump to snapshot view (Tip – the selected snapshot view can be on the current PDF page, or a different PDF page. Nice!).

When you choose Snapshot View, you’ll need to press the Get Rectangle button to define the snapshot area. You have a variety of options to navigate to the desired area – use the scroll bars, hold down the middle mouse button to pan or scroll the middle mouse button to zoom. You can even switch between pages through the thumbnails panel.

Once you’re at the right spot, hold down the left mouse button as you drag out a rectangle of the snapshot area. You’ll see a blue flash to confirm your selection. Don’t worry, if you make a mistake, Bluebeam allows do-overs!

After you assign your action, a lightning bolt will display to the bottom right of the markup.

When clicked, the markup will perform the assigned action (in this case, jump to the snapshot view I selected).


To ensure that PDFs with Action Markups will work if you send the file to someone who uses a different PDF editor, right click on the markup and flatten it before you send.

The lightning bolt will disappear, and now the entire markup will perform the action when clicked.

So there you have it – Action Markups. Let me know what helpful uses you find for this nifty feature, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Give the gift of Bluebeam

December 15, 2010

We’ve been getting some interesting calls and emails here at Bluebeam lately…not only from Bluebeam users, but from their friends and family members, too. It seems as though quite a few of you are wishing for Bluebeam PDF Revu this holiday season! As the mother of one Bluebeam user told my coworker, Michelle:

“My daughter uses Bluebeam at work and now wants to have it on her home computer; she has put it on her Christmas list.”

 Another Bluebeam user told my coworker Renee:

“I’m asking my family for a seat of Bluebeam for the holidays. This way, when I need to work late I can do so at home close to them, instead of in the office.”

It all makes sense to me! Even better, if you already have a license of Bluebeam at work, you just may qualify for a special, discounted “Professional Home Use” license to use on your personal computer. Contact our Account Services team at or 626-296-2140 ext. 1 for eligibility details. And remember, to keep on PDFin’.


Bluebeam Releases a German Version of PDF Editor Bluebeam PDF Revu

October 12, 2010

I told you there was more, exciting European news on the way! Just in time for Oktoberfest, we are announcing the immediate availability of a German localized version of PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu. You can download this version from our new German website –

Download the German version of Bluebeam PDF Revu at

So get to it, and remember to keep on PDFin‘!


A Bluebeam Trick for Finding PDFs Faster

October 4, 2010

What’s the fastest way to get to project file folders containing all the PDFs you need to review and redline? Well, if you are already viewing a PDF in Revu, here’s a speedy trick.

Right-click on the document tab of the open PDF and select Copy Path.

Go to the File Access Tab (in the left dock) and choose the Explorer sub-tab.

Right-click in the address bar and paste the copied path.

Now, just delete the file name from the copied path, so that the path ends with the file folder location. Then hit Enter.

And now here you are. Your related project PDFs are now just a click away. And you didn’t even have to leave Revu to find them!

What’s your favorite Bluebeam trick? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


On-Demand Webinar Shares Real-World Example of Using Bluebeam for Punch

September 13, 2010

Did you miss the webinar we co-hosted with Motion Computing last month about using Bluebeam for punch to save big at closeout? If so, don’t worry. This complimentary webinar, detailing how an architect used Bluebeam on a Motion tablet PC to punch the $500-million, 582-room Terranea Resort, is now available on-demand. Just click the player below to learn all about the process.

If you’re thinking about implementing this process, you may also want to check out the Terranea Resort case study, as well as this video tutorial outlining all of Bluebeam’s great features for tablet PCs.

Thanks for watching, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Nominate Bluebeam for a Construction Computing Award!

September 2, 2010

Hello Bluebeamers – we need your help!

Nominations for the UK’s Construction Computing “Hammers” Awards are underway and due September 7th. This annual awards program honors the industry’s top software and hardware vendors. If you’re a happy Bluebeam user, it only takes a minute to nominate us for this prestigious award. Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Nominate Now link on the website’s left menu bar.
  3. Select “Construction Computing Magazine – One to Watch – Product” from the Category drop down menu, enter in your contact information, type in “Bluebeam Software’ in the Company 1 field, “Bluebeam PDF Revu” in the Product 1 field and click Submit.

 Thanks for your votes, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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New tip for saving big at closeout

August 5, 2010

So you want to save some project dollars, huh? We’ll we’ve got the right webinar for you!

Next week Bluebeam is teaming up with Motion Computing to show you how to save valuable time and man hours during a project’s punch process. On Wednesday, August 11 at 1pm Central Standard Time, we’re hosting a webinar titled “Take PDF Punchlists Mobile with Tablet PCs.” This hour-long session will include a case study presentation by an architect who used Bluebeam PDF Revu on a Motion Tablet PC to punch the $500-million, 582-room Terranea Resort. Learn how she used exclusive features in Bluebeam to punch items on the fly, save a tremendous amount of time and achieve a 90% completion rate on first back check.

Learn a better way to punch.

The webinar is free, and you can sign up here. Register today, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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Day 1 of the AIA Expo

June 10, 2010

Wow, what a day! Today we released Studio for real-time collaboration in PDF. Then we spent the whole day showing it off to attendees at the AIA Expo in our superhero-themed booth. Take a look at these pictures from the first day of AIA:

Bluebeam booth 2387 is in the center of the AIA Expo Software Pavilion.

Our booth’s video wall is a huge hit!

We threw a party to celebrate the launch of Bluebeam Studio for real-time collaboration in PDF.

If you are at the AIA Expo, make sure to come by Bluebeam booth 2387 tomorrow to see a live demo of Studio. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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This just in – a new Mighty Bluebeam video appears!

April 7, 2010

There’s a brand new Mighty Bluebeam video on the re-designed, Station 32 website at Watch Bluebeam’s Channel 32 News and see how Mighty Bluebeam and Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 are battling paper usage around the globe. But be warned, the evil Paper Pusher isn’t too happy with Bluebeam’s success.

Check out the video now, and while you’re at it explore Mighty Bluebeam’s paperless command center. You may even find a special page with a new sneak peek at our huge AIA 2010 booth (where we’ll be unveiling our latest innovation this June). And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


A nifty way to use Bluebeam’s Action Markups

March 2, 2010

Action Markups (new in Revu 8) are a cool enhancement to Bluebeam. Now you can take any annotation and configure it to open a website, jump to a specific portion of the PDF or open an entirely different file when clicked.

In my opinion, one of the niftiest ways to use this new tool is to drag and drop related files over annotations, instantly linking them to the markup. It’s great for easily sharing images, RFIs, specifications and other files that help answer project questions.

Let me show you what I mean:

This PDF has a few comments that are referring to other documents and images. Rather than just describing where viewers can find additional information, you can now attach those files directly to the markups.

Just drag and drop a file from the File Explorer, your desktop or other Explorer window on top of the markup.

Now the cloud markup is configured to open up the staircase image when clicked. You can tell that a markup is configured to perform an action because it will display a little lightning bolt to the bottom right of the annotation (see the circled area below).

The lightning bolt tells the tale!

Now when clicked, this markup will open the associated image.

Don’t forget to use Action Markups the next time you need to reference or attach additional files, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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